Chapter 1. Does Your Hardware Measure Up?

Your boss or customer will start the conversation with one question when you propose to upgrade the desktop infrastructure to Windows 7: How much will it cost? Licensing might come into the equation and it may not. That's usually a pretty simple calculation. What is more difficult is calculating the number of hardware upgrades or replacements that will have to be performed to bring the computers up to the required specifications for Windows 7 and the relevant desktop applications.

This chapter introduces you to Windows 7, its editions, and the hardware requirements of the operating system. Armed with this information, you'll be ready to perform an assessment of the network to identify the machines that ...

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